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Incorporate a focus on mind, body, and spirit into your care from the day you walk through our doors. 

We are committed to integrating wellness components into your treatment and helping you make healthy lifestyle changes. We want you to feel empowered and to regain a sense of control over your cancer. 

Cultivating healthy habits is especially important for those living with cancer and can help you build strength, reduce the severity of side effects, reduce risks of developing secondary cancers or other health issues, and enjoy life more. Research shows that by integrating physical activity, proper nutrition, and mind, body, and spirit awareness, you can feel better and reduce the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and weight gain.

In keeping with our mission of providing comprehensive care with a commitment to optimal quality of life for patients and families, RCC has partnered with experts at the Glenwood YMCA, BLOOM Collaborative and The Village of Healing and Wellness to offer supportive, holistic classes in a nurturing and spacious environments.

Classes offered through the Wellness for Life program provide the additional support and knowledge you need during and after your treatment. Anyone who is living with cancer or a support person can attend free of charge. 

To register for any of the below classes, please visit the Registration Desk IN PERSON at the Glenwood YMCA. If you are a current WFL/YMCA participant, you maybe call (814) 868-0867 to register. Please inform the Y what class(es) you are interested in and that you are a Wellness for Life participant.

All classes will take place at the Glenwood YMCA’s Holistic Center.

Restorative Yoga and Beyond

This practice combines movements to help increase physical strength, stamina and mental focus to reduce the effects of chronic stress. It stimulates and soothes the organs by providing a complete supportive environment for total relaxation.

Instructor: Ledys Negron, CYT, RTM, RYT

Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Session 1: January 9 - February 20
  • Session 2: March 6 - April 17

Gentle Yoga

Whether you are new to yoga or looking to revitalize your practice, this class provides you with the tools & inspiration you need to make yoga, and its benefits, a regular part of your life.

Instructor: Kim Jaw

Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

  • Session 1: January 11 - February 22
  • Session 2: March 8 - April 19

Chair Yoga

A gentle approach to yoga using seated as well as standing postures. Stretch and strengthen your muscles while lubricating your joints. Learn to deepen your breath and quiet your thoughts. Start where you are – no prior yoga experience needed.

Instructor: Robin Adams

Thursdays from Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Session 1: January 11 - February 22
  • Session 2: March 8 - April 19

Strength and Courage

This class aims to preserve muscle tone and joint motion, combat treatment related side effects, increase energy & self-confidence. The class will be held in our Comfort Zone, a smaller more secluded area that includes exercise bikes, treadmill, and simple to use strength equipment. Strength & Courage will incorporate a little of everything.

Instructor: Robin Adams and Kate Carpin

Mondays/Wednesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • Session 1: January 8 - February 21
  • Session 2: March 5 - April 18

Instructor: Robin Adams and Glen Conner

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

  • Session 1: January 9 - February 22
  • Session 2: March 6 - April 19

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Sifu Fred Popeski, 5th Generation of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System, is the owner of The Village of Healing and Wellness and Mind Body Healing. 

Fred has studied the martial arts since 1992 with Tai Chi as his main area of interest. He has always had an interest in helping people maintain health and wellness. He is also a Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner and Certified Instructor, which is a natural healing modality. Fred also holds certificates in several other modalities. 

The combination of Mind Body Healing and Wu Yi Jie He Family System is a great benefit not only for himself but for his clients as well. Fred stresses that while a healing session can be beneficial, Tai Chi and Q iGong allows the client to participate in their own well-being. Fred continues his training with Sifu George Picard, a Four Generation Master of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System.

Qi Gong for Health, Healing and Longevity

QiGong is a combination of two ideas. “Qi” means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body. “Gong” means the skill of working with, or cultivating self-discipline and achievement. It consists of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises. Regular practice of QiGong can help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and help maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. This 6 week session will take place at The Village of Healing & Wellness in the Colony Plaza, 2558 West 8th Street, Erie, PA.

Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to Noon

  • Session 1: January 16 - February 20
  • Session 2: March 6 - April 10


BLOOM is located on a four acre oasis in the center of Erie, Pennsylvania. Participants begin to heal the instant they step on campus, influenced by the picturesque surroundings. An atmosphere of fresh air, running water, colorful gardens and unique architecture together inspire visitors before even taking a class. 

To register: Call RCC’s Wellness for Life office at (814) 836-2643. You must commit to the complete 4-week session. Space is limited.

Healing with Clay Pottery Class

Join instructor Jessie Simmons and learn how to “mold” less stress and more peace into your life by learning the art of pottery. While working with clay, your mind and body are in natural synergy, wrapped around your creative ambitions and goals. Pottery is oftentimes described as therapeutic and relaxing; this thoughtful, artistic activity can open up the mind and relieve you of outside worries. This 4 week class will take place at BLOOM Collaborative’s Clay Workshop at 138 East 25th St., Erie.

Fridays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. 

  • March 9, 16, 23 and 30

Beat the Winter Blues

Be creative and savor winter’s gifts as you slow down, let go, and kindle your inner glow. Connect to this time as the Earth stops producing and replenishes its energy reserves to turn inward and recharge. You can do the same by celebrating winter through painting and clay. Paint the bright colors of spring and make a vase for the first spring flowers. There is hope and spring is around the corner. Learn new skills, meet people and put some energy into your winter day. This class will help you calm your mind and open your heart. This 4 week class will take place at BLOOM Collaborative’s Clay Workshop at 138 East 25th St., Erie.

Mondays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. 

  • February 5, 12, 19 and 26

The following classes will be held at the Regional Cancer Center. Please register online or contact Amy Van Scoter at 814-836-2643.

Circle of Hope Crochet Group

All levels of crocheters are welcome to join this group of cancer survivors and caregivers. If you are experienced in crocheting or knitting, feel free to bring your own project. For beginners, please bring a size h hook and a medium worsted weight skein of yarn. Materials will be provided, free of charge, for those that need them. This group will be held in the Wellness for Life art area.

Every Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Look Good Feel Better

A program through the American Cancer Society, the Look Good Feel Better program is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. The classes can improve your self-image and appearance through complimentary group, individual, and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage, and community.

Monday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

  • Location: Courtyard Conference Room at RCC
  • To Register: Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-277-2345

Open Art Therapy Studio

This informal group will allow you to reflect, relax, and have fun while participating in different art projects and learning positive ways to help cope with stress. No prior art experience is needed, all levels are welcome.

Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Tobacco Cessation

If you are ready to quit, let us help you. This six-week course offers support and will teach you the tools you need to break the habit.

Instructor: Jordan Chirpak, Tobacco Cessation Educator/Wellness Coordinator, Multicultural Community Resource Center

Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

  • Session 1: January 9 - February 13
  • Session 2: March 6 - April 10

Wellness for Life Caregiver Lunch and Learn

Are you a primary caregiver to someone dealing with cancer? We invite you to The Regional Cancer Center’s Caregiver Lunch & Learn. Learn about the ABC’s of care giving and what resources are available to you and for you. Bring your own insight, thoughts, and concerns as you meet other caregivers and support staff from RCC. This program will take place in the Main Conference Room and lunch will be provided. Contact Ann Marie Cronk, RCC Social Worker at (814) 836-2618 to register or for more information.

2nd Monday of every month from Noon to 1 p.m.

  • January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9

Adding Freshness to Mid-Winter Meals

Join Chef David Turko, MS, RD, LDN, for cooking tips and techniques that focus on winter vegetable pairings, whole grains, and lean meat selections that you can take home and implement into your daily routine.

Wednesday, February 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Whole Foods Co-Op - 1341 W. 26th St., Erie, PA 16508

Spring Kitchen Ideas to Get You Feeling Your Best

Join Chef David Turko, MS, RD, LDN, for cooking tips that focus on quick, healthy prep techniques, spring vegetable pairings, healthy grains, and lean meat selections that you can take home and easily implement into your daily routine.

Wednesday, March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Whole Foods Co-Op - 1341 W. 26th St., Erie, PA 16508

Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema is a condition in which swelling (edema) occurs from abnormal accumulation of protein-rich lymph fluid in the space between cells in the body. Swelling develops when blockage occurs in the lymphatic system that prevents fluid from draining well, which results in swelling. Though there is no cure for lymphedema, Katheryn Maasz of UPMC Rehabilitation Services, will discuss different ways to treat and manage your lymphedema.

Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. 

  • Location: Main Conference Room at RCC

Cultivating Life Energy: QiGong in Cancer

QiGong is an ancient system of energy cultivation and exercise for health, healing and longevity. Among the many therapeutic applications, it offers benefit to those who experience cancer. Join us for a discussion with SiFu Fred Popeski, 5th Generation of the Wu Yi Jie He Family System and owner of The Village of Healing and Wellness and Mind Body Healing for a short documentary film viewing featuring leading doctors in cancer care on the benefits of QiGong in cancer care, and what constitutes effective QiGong in cancer care.

Thursday, February 8 at 1 p.m. 

  • Location: Main Conference Room at RCC

To register, please call (814) 836-2643.


Acupuncture can improve your quality of life by managing the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapies, reducing pain and inflammation, improving sleep, supporting normal digestive function and reducing stress. Scheduling preference will be given to those who are currently receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

Instructor: Maki Kurata, Licensed Acupuncturist

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

  • January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4


Massage therapy can help reduce anxiety and pain, decrease nausea, improve energy and well-being, and provide a deeply relaxing experience. Lisa Mertz, LMT and Anita Gray, LMT are both trained in oncology massage. Scheduling preference will be given to those who are currently receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

Instructor: Lisa Mertz, LMT 

Mondays from 2 to 5 p.m. 

  • January 15, February 12, March 19, April 16

Instructor:Anita Gray, LMT 

Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to Noon 

  • January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25

Instructor: Lisa Mertz, LMT 

Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. 

  • January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11


Reiki is a system of natural healing that involves channeling energy to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through relaxation and balancing of energy. Reiki treatments can help promote deep relaxation, decrease stress and anxiety, help dissolve energy blockages, and release tension. During a Reiki session with Cheri, you will lay on a massage table fully clothed. The session may involve light touch or hovering the hands an inch above the body. Scheduling preference will be given to those who are currently receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment.

Instructor: Cheri Seelinger, CHT, RMT, Reiki Master

Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. 

  • January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25

Reiki Circle Experience

Reiki Circle is a group of people who come together to share Reiki energy to help promote a deep relaxation and sense of healing. Guided imagery and information about this ancient healing will be included. 

Instructor: Cheri Seelinger, CHT, RMT, Reiki Master

Wednesday, March 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Main Conference Room at RCC

Sound Healing for the Soul

Sound healing can clear your energy centers, balance your mind, and energize your spirit. Nancy uses ancient energetic techniques and Tibetan Singing Bowl practices to restore energy and promote healing. Nancy will end the session with a peaceful, deeply restorative sound healing, vibrational relaxation. 

Instructor: Nancy Bowden, Certified Sound Healer

Monday, March 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 

  • Location: Main Conference Room at RCC